Si Grows Up !
By Si_Guy on
2003 Honda Civic Si 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
No longer a high-strung peaky hot rod, this
new Si is aimed at a new market.
This is the most European Honda ever sold
here. Designed in Germany, built in
England, this car is all a GTI should be, but
isn't. The flat torque band pushes drivability
far beyond any prior Si. The new 2L is
perhaps the smoothest 4-pot made today
and the 5 speed is the best of any FWD
Honda. Other hatches may be hotter, but
none can beat the refinement, smoothness,
reliability and precision of the Si. If
engineering excellence matters more to you
than loud exhausts, slamming your ride or
drag racing, this is the Si you've waited for.
The super-smooth and torquey K20 engine.
The triple cone synchro'ed trannie and rally-
mount shifter. The Recaro style suede
seats. The type R suspension calibrations.
ABS with EBD on an Si (finally !!). More rare
than a Mini Cooper
Bigger wheels/ tires. Honda marketing
should more clearly target this Si to adult
enthusiasts who grew up on early Si's, and
want a 21st century European engineering
marvel, instead of aiming it at the baggy-
pants crowd that loved the gen-6 Si, but just
don't "get it" this time.